Death toll rises in Brazilian flooding

SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP) -- Flooding and landslides are now blamed for 45 deaths in southern Brazil.

A local governor says 14 people are still missing, and it's feared the death toll will climb above 50.

The floods and landslides follow heavy rains that began Friday. Authorities say some 22,000 people have been driven from their homes, and some towns are 80 percent underwater.

Officials also say a major gas line from Bolivia ruptured, cutting off supplies to two Brazilian states.

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